All those years sitting in the McMahon Stadium seats as a fan don't really prepare you for this.
Although Tyler Lynem could always picture himself playing against the hated Edmonton Eskimos in the Labour Day Classic, he thought his chances were slim and none while growing up rooting for the team.
He certainly didn't think he would someday be starting on the offensive line with the job of protecting the CFL club's greatest asset.
Three years into his pro career that started on defence, the Calgary kid will make his second start at right tackle today against the Eskimos (1 p.m., CBC, subject to local blackout) in the most important regular-season game of the year.
"It's been a dream of mine to be part of Labour Day, let alone starting," said the 25-year-old. "This is really exciting for me."
Lynem found out early this week he would have to step into the big shoes of veteran Jeff Pilon, who is nursing a knee injury.
It's the second time Lynem has been called upon and the results of his first start were solid. The 6-ft. 6-in., 295-pounder played against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at home June 29 and the Stamps came away with a victory.
But this is Labour Day, the game he and his dad attended every year together and where the stadium is filled to capacity.
Lynem couldn't even fill all the ticket requests from friends and family.
"The requests have been non-stop," Lynem said. "I've had to turn some people down, which is tough.
"I haven't had anybody get mad about it. They all seem to understand."